Happy Monday, everybody! If you live in the Midwest like me, it’s time to brace yourselves for a hot week ahead. You thought last week’s humid 90+F was hot? The 10-day forecast is predicting 3 days above 100F this week, so crank that AC and break out your popsicle molds.  These Frozen Yogurt Breakfast Bars are a real treat for when the weather is steamy. It’s essentially a frozen parfait on a stick, allowing you a quick and easy way to break the fast and cool down while doing it. For other cold and refreshing recipes, check out my Frosty Caramel Coffee, Rhubarb-Mint Granita, and Creamy Green Smoothie, to name a few. If you make… View Post

There’s something about a sweet, frozen coffee drink on a hot day, and since the 10-day forecast in St. Louis is predicting highs in the upper 90s, I’m bracing with extra icy beverages.   As tasty as caramel is, there’s no true caramel in this recipe. This delicious frozen coffee drink is sweetened with deglet noor dates, which impart a rich, caramel-y flavor. When making this recipe, I prefer to initially blend all the ingredients except the ice to ensure that the dates get completely blended into the liquid, then blend in the ice at the end. If you have a high-speed blender like a Vitamix, feel free to throw everything in together and blend… View Post

For anyone who spends most mornings rushing off to work or school, quick breakfast foods are a valuable asset, and this Cocoa Kamut Cereal is another great option to add to your morning rotation. Consisting of puffed whole grains, healthy fat, and a touch of chocolate, this breakfast will fuel your morning and help get your day started on the right foot. Make a batch as part of your weekly meal prep to eat throughout the week! If you make this recipe at home, share with me on Instagram and use #strongrootsnutrition so I can see! //Taylor SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave

Monday morning should always come with baked oatmeal. It’s warm and soft with just the right amount of sweetness and crunch – exactly what a Monday needs. In my opinion, the best way to go about it is to layer frozen fruit, dry ingredients, and wet ingredients in a baking dish (and never stir!). The result is a deliciously gooey fruit-on-the-bottom, creamy oatmeal-on-top effect that can’t be beat.  This is a recipe that I encourage you to play with. Swap out the berries for sliced fresh peaches or the almonds for toasted pecans. Try nut milk or cow’s milk, different spices, and different seeds. As long as you end up with about 2 cups of fruit, 2 cups… View Post

Coffee: a favorite morning drink. Most people choose a hot cup of Joe to start their day, but it’s fun to mix things up with something chilled, especially in the summer months. At a lot of coffee shops, iced coffee is made by pouring hot coffee over ice cubes. This typically results in a bitter, diluted drink. Cold brew, on the other hand, is made by soaking coffee grounds in room-tempurature water overnight, slowly infusing coffee goodness. The result is smooth and delicious with no bitterness. Totally the way to go. This method does take some advanced planning, but spend 5 minutes on it today, and tomorrow morning you can be enjoying your own delicious iced coffee. My… View Post